PARIS (Reuters) – France will take steps to enhance French college students’ English language abilities to make them higher outfitted to “conquer the world”, the government stated on Friday because it unveiled a technique to plug a gaping commerce deficit.
French college students historically carry out relatively poorly in worldwide rating of English fluency. In the newest rating by Education First, the French have been ranked second-worst in Europe after Italians.
“English is now the lingua franca. That’s how it is. You have to speak English if you want to act and move in globalisation,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe advised a news conference in Lille, northern France.
He stated the government would make it obligatory for college students in highschool or undergraduate stage on the newest to go internationally recognised English-language certifications, reminiscent of Cambridge University’s IELTS check.
Taking these assessments, which value round 230 euros (202.four kilos), shall be paid for by the government, Philippe stated.
“I‘m convinced these measures are game changers,” he stated. “They will help more French people go and conquer the world.”
The new measures come as France posted its worst commerce deficit in 5 years in 2017, at 62.three billion euros. Rising exports have been greater than offset by a surge in imports, as French producers battle to satisfy the necessity of a recovering financial system.
The prime minister additionally stated France would search to outsource the work completed by its ‘Business France’ export company – the equal of Britain’s UKTI – to personal operators in some areas, probably worldwide chambers of commerce.
Reporting by Michel RoseEditing by Ingrid Melander